Old Testament Theology: Review

by Robert J. Young, D.Min.

Materials for Old Testament Theology:
Note: Students should find these questions helpful in reviewing the class content in preparation for the final examination. Some of these questions may appear verbatim on the examination. Some may be reworded or otherwise altered. Questions of the same sort as those included in this review may also appear on the final examination.

  • 1. Summarize the history of the study of connections between the Old Testament and New Testament, noting adequacies, inadequacies, strengths, weaknesses, and suggesting the approach you believe best meets the need of Old Testament Theology.

  • 2. Tom Olbricht's theological summaries of the Old Testament and New Testament are titled "He Loves Forever" and "His Love Compels", respectively. Based on these titles, what connections does Olbricht draw between the Old Testament and New Testament. Does this adequately meet the need of a biblical theology? an Old Testament theology? a New Testament theology? Why or why not? Assess strengths and weaknesses.

  • 3. Assess the adequacy of Olbricht's Old Testament theology, "He Loves Forever," based upon the Kaiser work. How would Kaiser assess Olbricht? Note similarities and differences.

  • 4. The systematic/thematic work of Dyrness includes the following 14 chapters: God's self-revelation, nature of God, creation and providence, man and woman, sin, covenant, law, worship, piety, ethics, wisdom, spirit of God, prophecy, and hope of Israel. Which three of these do you think best reflect possible major themes and centers for an adequate Old Testament theology, which three of these are least a reflection of major themes and centers for an adequate Old Testament theology? Explain your answers by noting strengths and weaknesses based upon the class text by Kaiser.

  • 5. In which two of the minor prophets do you most clearly see the "promise" theme. Why? Explain your answer.

  • 6. Explore and summarize the difficulty or potential disconnection between wisdom literature and theology.

  • 7. Suggest two or three themes which you think are viable options for an Old Testament center, rate them from 1-5 (worst to best), choose the best one, and tell why you made that choice based on principles of historicity, similarity, adequacy, correlation, and completeness.

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